Blue Cut Fire 73 percent contained; 105 homes destroyed, official says

Blue Cut Fire 73 percent contained; 105 homes destroyed, official says

With almost 35,000 homes evacuated due to the fire, 70 deputies, two per unit, have been assigned to patrol the areas, according to a news release Saturday morning.

Almost 3,200 homes and other buildings were still at threat from the Blue Cut fire, named after a narrow gorge where it started about 75 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

As of Friday morning, Aug. 19, a total of 227 evacuees had registered at the center since the devastating fire broke out on Tuesday, Aug. 16. It was 65 per cent contained Friday. More than 37,000 acres in San Bernardino County have been charred. Officials estimate 105 homes and 216 buildings have been destroyed since the wildfire began racing through San Bernardino National Forest Tuesday, forest officials said, and the massive blaze has continued to burn near the Cajon Pass.

The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department also arrested three people on suspicion of attempted looting and grand theft at one of the evacuation areas. Saturday, fire crews focused on the communities of Lytle Creek and Wrightwood.

"By providing this grant, we hope to inspire more giving to the Fire Relief Fund at the Inland Empire United Way, and to support the recovery efforts of the many nonprofit organizations that are providing critical services to fire victims in our region".

The fire shut down stretches of several roads in the area, including California Highway 138 and Interstate 15, which is the main route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The cause of the fire remains unknown.



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